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A ‘pathetic’ fan escapes after throwing beer at Orioles player

October 5, 2016 GMT

A fan threw a can at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-2 win in Tuesday’s AL wild card game.

With the score tied 2-2, pinch hitter Melvin Upton Jr. flied out to the track in left. Kim made the catch despite the can narrowly missing him as it came out of the stands behind him.

Center fielder Adam Jones gestured toward the seats, and manager Buck Showalter came out to register his displeasure with the umpires for several minutes.

“That is about as pathetic as it gets. You don’t do that. Yell, cuss or scream,” Jones said. “I hope they find the guy and press charges. ... That’s not a part of baseball. Throw an octopus, throw hats.”

Blue Jays spokesman Erik Grosman said the fan was not ejected because he took off before police had a chance to get him. Police are investigating.

“Something like that should never happen. It’s the first time for me and hopefully the last,” Kim said through an interpreter.

Showalter said he just wanted the person identified and thrown out.

“It’s tough when you have many people in the ballpark and one person does something that reflects poorly on all of them,” he said. “We’re fortunate and lucky that somebody didn’t get hit.”